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Happy Halloween!

I'm literally struggling to type this post because I'm so excited to show you guys my current manicure! I worked really hard on this one, although it looks simple, for me it was not.

I re-did my index finger so many times and then had to keep re-applying top coat to it. Which left it with bubbles.

Anyway, this design reminds me of the body parts candy eyes that we buy every Halloween.

I just love, love, love this!

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Black Cream for the base. Then I created the outline of the eyes with a nail art brush and a white polish, afterwards I filled it in. Taking that same nail art brush I created the green dots in the eyes using Sally Hansen Green With Envy. I used a large dotting tool for the black inside the green dot and then a smaller dotting tool for the white dot.  The veins in the eyes were made using China Glaze Hey Sailor and a thin nail art brush.

I'm surprised all fingers are intact. Normally there is at least one that smudged or something.

What did you guys do for your Halloween manis? Link me below!



Here's a design I did last weekend but wasn't very happy with it. I decided I'll just post it anyway.

Scream was one of the very first horror movies I had ever seen and it's also one of my all time favorites. At least the original, older versions.

This is actually my second attempt, the first one was all five fingers but I didn't really like it.

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Black Cream as the base and Zoya Jem as the base on the non-scream fingers (layered on top of Jem is Midnight's Master). The mask was made using a nail art brush and white nail polish. For the face I started with the upper-face (where the eyes are) and then I created the long oval jaw thing. After I perfected the shape of the face I drew the eyes, nose and mouth. Placing the eyes were the hardest part but having the picture in front of you makes it easier. Afterwards I finished with top coat.

I'll be back tomorrow with another Halloween design, it's my favorite that I've done!


Swirly Spiders

Today's mani was inspired by MadamLuck on Youtube. Her swirl design with the skull was so cute that I had to try it!

Unfortunately I had no idea how difficult it would be to get the swirl right. Nonetheless, I really like it. I have to admit though...the glitter nails are my favorite.

Oh, and if you're keeping up with "the game", my thumb would be the jacked up finger today.

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Black Cream as the base. For the glitter nails I layered  Kleancolor Black Out (which is amazing!) over the black cream. The accent fingers were made following MadamLuck's tutorial and Wet N Wild Club Havana (for orange swirls). Instead of the skulls MadamLuck drew, using a nail art brush, I drew white spiders on my swirls.

Other than a few minor mistakes, I'm really liking this design and I am seriously, seriously loving this glitter! Everyone needs Kleancolor Blackout.


Candy Corn and Spiders

Good morning!

This is going to sound really weird but the idea for this manicure came to me as I was sitting in bed Saturday morning. I woke up around 8 or 9 AM to do my nails and take pictures while the sun was still up and I was just brainstorming ideas.

It's kind of random really. I just remember when I was in elementary school my favorite things, during Halloween time, were candy corn and those plastic spider rings my teachers used to give out. Of course I always lost them hours later...

Anyway, I thought it would be perfect to combine the two and I think it came out pretty cute!

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the base. Then, using a nail art brush, I free handed the stripes using Essence What Do U Think (orange) and Kleancolor Neon Yellow. The spiders were created using a thin nail art brush and a black cream polish. I used dotting tools for the black and white eyes. I let it dry for a few minutes and then finished off with a coat of Seche Vite.

This is a design I created for blogging purposes only, kind of like I was testing it out first, but I think I really will re-create these during the week. I am seriously in LOVE with this design!

What do you think?


Baby Teletubbies

Hey guys!

This design was originally supposed to be the Teletubbies but the farther into the design, the less "Teletubby" they looked so I just decided to call them Baby Teletubbies.

And, yup you guessed it, at least one of my nails had to mess up after I did them. This time the victim would be the index finger. I should start a game from now on, "find the one jacked up nail", with prizes and everything.

Just in case anyone is wondering, my thumb is polka dots of all four colors. 

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Creme as the base. The I used the colors Claire's Vegas, Sally Hansen Green With Envy, Zoya Creamy and China Glaze Hey Sailor! for the base of each tubby. The faces and ears were made using Ulta Set The Nude and a nail art brush. For the eyes I just used white and a dotting tool and then black and a dotting tool.

How cute is Po (red) in this manicure?!


Bursts of Color

Remember my BCA post where I said that I wanted to try the dots but with other colors? Well a few of you guys agreed that it would pretty much look amazing so...I did it!

I was originally only going to use black as a base and maybe a pink but I figured I'd just add on more colors. Why not, right?

And obviously, none of my manicures are complete without one of my nails looking a mess, so excuse the index finger. Seche's bubbles got the best of it.

For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Black Creme as the base. The dots were all created with a small dotting tool and the following polishes: Zoya Creamy (yellow), Kleancolor Neon Orange, Kleancolor Neon Pink, and Fingerpaints Give Pink A Chance (which is not even pink, it's red). I added a top coat once it was about 40% dry.

I really love these! I've been really into simple designs lately.


Random Retro

Good morning!

Here's a random design I created a little while ago. It was supposed to be plaid but once I was done it looked like weird, confused lines. So then I added dots in an attempt to make it look a little neater.

For this manicure I used Essence Bloom-A-Loom (light purple) as my base. Then I started created lines in different sizes and directions using Sally Hansen Green With Envy (lime green) and Rimmel Peppermint (light mint). The dots were created with my dotting tool and Sally Hansen The Real Teal (teal).

I'm still not sure if I like it but I'm not gonna looks pretty cute in the first picture. (:


Wrapped in Lines

Good morning!

I have a lot planned for this week and next. As you may know, I sketch all my designs before I do them and for Halloween, it is not exception. I've already sketched a few designs that I hope to have up in the next couple weeks!

This is a manicure I did Saturday after searching for nail art inspiration. I found a picture similar to this and decided I'd give it a try. I didn't save the picture so I'm not sure which one it is but anyway, this is my version!

I love doing designs like this because it could not get more simple. Seriously, 2 colors and some lines? It took me less than 15 minutes to do both hands!

For this manicure I used 2 coats of China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint as the light minty base. The I took my nail art brush and created lines, using Zoya Breezi, in different directions on each nail. I decided to do each set of lines in multiples of three, that way the design isn't overwhelming. I created the glitter accent by tracing a few lines on my ring finger with Revlon Blue Mosaic.

Simple yet pretty.


Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I'm sure you've been seeing a lot of Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) manicures floating around, I know I have. One of my favorite types of reasons to do nail art is for awareness or for a holiday. In this case it's awareness--BCA.

Breast cancer, next to skin cancer, is the number one cancer in women. I actually lost my aunt to breast cancer.  There was no way I was going to miss out on dedicating this manicure to her.

Here's what I came up with for BCA.

Excuse the cuticles, sorry!

For this manicure I used Ulta Noel as the light pink base. I let that dry for a little while and then used a small dotting tool and Wet N Wild Candy-licious for the polka dots. The accent finger is a base of Ulta Noel and 2 coats of Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter. The ribbon was created using Wet N Wild Candy-licious and a nail art brush.

I really like the non-accent fingers, I'm thinking of trying that with other colors. What do you guys think?


While I've Been Gone

I'm so excited to be back! Words cannot even describe. Blogging is a fun way for me to relax and share my polish/nail art love so it was awful not being able to blog for a month. But I'm back now and I want to thank everyone that supported me by 'liking' my sketch for the Seventeen Magazine contest. Also thank you all for being so patient with me. I hate to neglect my blog.

When I went through my camera to decide which pictures to post I noticed that I really don't have that many manicures to show you. Lol! I for sure thought I had more. I guess I just forget to take pictures sometimes.

Anyway, here's a design I created inspired from The Daily Nail.

For this manicure I used Pixel Naughty Bit Nice as my base. Then I took my nail art brush and used a black polish to create the zebra print. Afterwards I used Zoya Robyn for the bright blue outline.

I made swatches of the 3 polishes I picked up from the Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers polishes, but I didn't think I'd be gone so long. I'll just post them anyway though.

The bottles are so cute!

Here's Black Magic, a dupe for Wet N Wild Blackmail from their Megalast line.

As I said, this is a dupe for Blackmail from WNW's Megalast line bit here is a comparison so you can see for yourself...

My favorite of this collection, Wet N Wild Purple Potion, a dark purple, almost black with bright purple glitter.

And the last one I picked up was Night Glow. This is a sheer, milky color so I layered it over Essence Mellow Yellow. It is insanely bright when it's in the dark!

That's it! I have more pictures to show you but I'm saving those for another post. I plan on doing a fun theme week after my Halloween manicures. (:

Thanks for reading!

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